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    I just found out something about pineapples that gives me a lot of hope. I found it on a raw foods site. They contain the enzyme Bromelain which is an anti-inflammatory that helps muscles to heal. It can also help people with arthiritis. It sounds like maybe it can help with a few chronic pain issues related to inflammation.

    Do you know of natural foods and herbs that have been of help with chronic pain and other health issues? I realize it is an entire field of study and there is tons of information available, but I thought it could also be useful as a thread where people could share their experiences with these and also it might be a way to discover something helpful unexpectedly. I was also so hopeful about the pineapple and know there are others on this site with chronic pain, so I thought I'd mention it.
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    We used aloe vera plants in the back yard for everything growing up. If I ever have kids, I'm planting aloe vera back there for them to get into.

    Watermelon contains more healthy stuff than spinach does, so if you don't like spinach, you can eat watermelon for the same ingredients. I didnt know that till I read a magazine about it.

    I didnt know that stint on the pineapple though, so that rocks. :3 Gives me even more of a reason to eat it.
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    Yes, many foods and non-food plants have lots of medical uses. Ginger is a great remedy for stomach upsets and motion sickness, for instance. Fennel is awesome for stimulating movement in the smooth muscle around your intestines, which means it also helps for a sour stomach. Coconuts also have some great uses. One I'm taking advantage of right now is in the special properties found in the coconut oil for sinus problems (likely an oncoming sinus infection). The medium chain fatty acids and other chemicals in the coconut oil help to break up mucus, sooth irritated sinuses, and most importantly actually kill bacteria and viruses. I've used the oil from fresh coconuts for a sinus infection before, and it was the only significant relief I was able to find when it got super bad. Cleared up within 2 days after I started using it.

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    Plantago, a very common plant now considered a weed, is a good plant for skin irritations and insect stings/bites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annwn View Post
    Do you know of natural foods and herbs that have been of help with chronic pain and other health issues? I realize it is an entire field of study and there is tons of information available, but I thought it could also be useful as a thread where people could share their experiences with these and also it might be a way to discover something helpful unexpectedly.
    I know someone with chronic pain (at the has-to wear-the transdermal-fentanyl-patch-and-still-suffers level of pain ) and this person has recently found some comfort in some of those herbal, plant essences.
    They are natural and plant based. I know you were looking for healing foods to eat specifically, and I am not trying to shill for them, but if someone is in chronic pain I thought you might want to know.
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    Everything Risen and cafe said. I use coconut oil for most of my cooking that requires added fat now, and also as lotion. I used it to get rid of lice earlier this summer. And I've used that weed cafe mentioned for bee stings before. It works VERY well. My SIL told me you can just chew up the leaves and pack the spit/leaves mixture on the sting for a few minutes, so you don't even have to carry anything around to make it work in the field. And that stuff is EVERYWHERE around here.

    I am a huge fan of fish oil as a daily supplement- we all take it, and a bigger dose than most (just be sure it's fish oil and not cod liver oil because a bigger dose of CLO will have you ODing on Vitamin A). I believe kids especially don't get enough of it as their brains are developing. I know it's extremely subjective but it really does seem as if my son's language development (which is delayed) picked up considerably when I started him on fish oil.
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    I completely forgot my very favorite ones: watermelon and eggs for high blood pressure. (Not together! ) When I was pregnant with my second child I was on bedrest for a couple of weeks near the end because of my blood pressure. My midwife "prescribed" me a temporary diet of six eggs and a whole watermelon a day (plus whatever else I wanted, but nothing until I had eaten that so I wouldn't be eating past the point of hunger to get all of it in). After only a day or two of that, my ankles were back to their normal size and the next time I went in, my BP was down by about 10 points on both top and bottom.
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    just skimmed through the book "the inflammation syndrome" (pdf found at a shady download blog)
    written by jack challem

    curcumin works for arthritis by deactivating genes that promote inflammation.

    it has many other advantages, for instance it reduces the plaques that are a byproduct of alzheimer's. protects against cancer, too.

    the book also recommends the anti inflammatory herbs:

    -pycnogenol, an extract from french maritime pine bark (pinus pinaster)
    -boswellia
    -ginger

    the fat combination you eat is also very relevant, well i cant summarize that whole book ...

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